Sleeping with Pets

Sleeping with Pets

There are few things as cosy as snuggling up with your dog or cat for a good sleep, whether on the sofa in front of the TV or in bed for the night. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this, so it’s important to know if sleeping with pets is best for you – and your furry friend.

Are There Health Benefits to Sleeping with Pets?

Greater Sense of Security

Sharing a bed with your pet can make you feel safer at night, both emotionally and physically. Keeping your dog close to you while you’re sleeping, when you’re at your most vulnerable, offers a sense of safety and protection. Just as people feel safer when someone else is in the bed with them, pets can provide this same level of peace and security.

Reduced Stress

Pets promote feelings of calm and relief, and being around them counteracts troubling thoughts that come with insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety. Just touching our pets raises the level of oxytocin – or the “cuddle hormone” – in our brains. This makes us feel good, and more relaxed for a good sleep.

Warmth and Comfort

The warmth and rhythmic breathing of a pet’s body in the bed can provide a soothing effect that lulls a person to sleep. Pets have a warmer body temperature than us, and they can act like a hot water bottle or electric blanket. The ideal room temperature for night-time is around 16°C to 18°C, with the absolute maximum being 24°C1. If you’re sleeping with your pet next to you, you might want to turn the temperature down just a little bit. If you or your pet get too warm, this can disturb your sleep.

Better Emotional Bond

Just as you like being near your pet, they like being near you, too. Sleeping together makes our pets happy. Sleeping with someone in the bed can increase intimacy, and it’s the same for sleeping with your pet. If you work a typical schedule, your pet spends much of their day alone. Sleeping with you will help them feel part of the pack.

Are There Health Risks to Sleeping with Pets?

Aggravates Pet Allergies and Asthma

If you have allergies or asthma, sleeping with your pet might not be the best idea. If your allergies or asthma are mild, they could sleep on the floor. However, if you have severe problems with allergies and asthma, it would be best if your pet didn’t sleep in the same room at all. Pet allergens aren’t isolated to your pet’s body – they can get caught up in clothes, bed frames, bedding, and carpets. This means that the room can aggravate your allergies or asthma even when the pet has left the room. If you’re allergic or asthmatic, but want your pet to sleep in your room, you could use an air purifier. Browse our selection of air purifiers here.

Increases Risk of Disease

Even if you’re not allergic to your pet, your pet spends more time outside and around things you’d rather avoid – especially cats. They could pick up something outside that may interfere with your health. Sometimes, they can pass on diseases, like meningitis and parasites, by licking your hands or face. However, this is very rare. Although pets aren’t known for being the cleanest, if you keep your pet up to date on vaccinations and flea medication, and they’re otherwise healthy, you can sleep with your pet.

Interrupts Your Sleep

Even if you’re a heavy sleeper, pets can disturb your sleep at night. Movement from smaller dogs or cats may not wake you easily, but a larger dog’s movement can wake you up almost immediately. Dogs have dreams just as we do, and they kick, grunt, and move while in REM sleep. If your pet scratches themselves during the night, the noise from their nails or jingling collars can wake you up. Cats are nocturnal, so they’re more likely to rouse sleepers during the night and are happy to paw or sit on your face until you tend to them. Plus, dogs of all sizes are happy to try to hog the bed. If your pet disturbs your sleep, you could try allocating them a certain position on the bed, such as the foot of the bed, and train them to sleep in this one location. If they move from it, simply return them to it and use positive reinforcement or lots of treats when they lie down on the right spot. They will eventually get the gist. If this doesn’t work, you could get your pet their own bed for your bedroom so that they’re still close.

Generally, it is safe to sleep with your pet. Keep them clean and healthy, and assert your authority through training if they try to hog the bed. If you’re consistent with this, you and your pet can both enjoy a good sleep in each other’s company.

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We all know the struggle of having to get a new duvet when the temperature changes. When the sun is out, we need a lighter duvet so that we can sleep peacefully. When the winds blow colder, a heavier duvet keeps us warm. And, when we find ourselves almost in the middle of winter, we suddenly realise that we need yet another duvet with a high tog so that we don’t shiver in our sleep. Luckily, Four Seasons duvets take away all these worries, and make life much easier. But how, exactly?

1. 3 Togs In 1

A Four Season duvet is three duvets in one. There’s one lighter duvet with a 4.5 Tog, and one heavier duvet with a 9 Tog. You’ll use the lighter duvet for the warmer months, while the heavier duvet is best used when summer cools to autumn. Yet, when winter’s snow falls around us and the cold winds chatter our teeth, you can attach the duvets to make one warm duvet with a 13.5 Tog, which is ideal for winter. You don’t have to be a skilled seamstress to attach or separate them, as they can be combined by their zips, buttons, or Velcro.

2. Save Money

Having a Four Seasons duvet is cost effective, as you’re not buying a third duvet for the winter; you already have one waiting for you!

3. Save Space

With three duvets, two of them will always be taking up much-needed space in your home. With Four Seasons duvets, you’ll only need to roll up one spare duvet when it’s not in use. Plus, during the winter, you won’t have an extra duvet at all, and you can enjoy all that new space!

4. Spare Duvet For Guests

During the warmer months, you’ll always be prepared for any impromptu guests and unexpected visits. You won’t have to rush to get everything sorted, as you’ll already have a duvet waiting. Once you have a duvet, everything else just falls into place, and your guests will enjoy a comfortable, relaxing stay.

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1. Gradually Adjust Your Child’s Bedtime

It’s a good idea to begin this about two weeks before school starts. You can start by bringing your child’s bedtime forward by five to fifteen minutes and wake them up – or set an alarm – the same number of minutes earlier the following morning. Continue doing this every day until your child is going to sleep at the same time they should be when school starts. Remember, children aged six to thirteen typically need between nine and eleven hours of sleep every night, so adjust bedtime routines around this. You can also make the bedroom a relaxing space, with ideas on how to do this in our Top Tips article. 

2. Keep Screens Away

Putting an end to any screen time, such as watching TV, using the computer or mobile phone, and playing video games, helps improve the quality of your child’s sleep. The artificial blue light that’s emitted from these screens can restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep. Thus, alertness is increased and it’s harder to fall into a deeper sleep. By keeping these away from your child at least an hour before you want them to go to sleep, their quality of sleep is much better, and they’ll wake up feeling ready for the day ahead. Find out more about this in our article, Technology’s Impact on Sleep.

3. Establish a Relaxing Bedtime Routine

There are many ways you can help your child unwind and get ready for sleep. About an hour before your child should go to sleep is a good time to start, and you can fill this time with relaxing activities, such as taking a bath, reading bedtime stories or making up stories, drawing, or colouring. By repeating this routine every night in the weeks leading up to the start of school, your child will associate these things with bedtime and will be ready to switch off when the lights go off.

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The Best Sleep Apps To Help You Drift Off

There is so much going on now in the modern world that it’s hard to catch your breath. You eat right, exercise and watch your waistline, but do you look after your sleep? In this article, we cover the best sleep apps out there at the moment.

Apps that monitor rest

These apps can break down your daily night’s rest into several sleep cycles. They can help you track your sleep cycles to make sure you’re getting the best sleep you can, and wake up every morning refreshed.

1. Sleep Cycle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep patterns using your microphone. It wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep so that you’re not groggy. You set a window during which to be woken (for example, between 7 and 7:30 a.m.) and it figures the best time to raise you from your slumber. It even lets you tap your phone twice to snooze.

2. Sleep Time

Sleep Time is available on both Android and iOS. It tracks your sleep quality without requiring an Apple Watch or Fitbit.

All you need to do to record your sleep with Sleep Time is place your smartphone on your bed’s mattress while you sleep. The app will use your device’s sensors to monitor your movement during sleep. It presents the data in an easy to read chart, which can be used to compare your sleep quality over weekly, monthly, or even yearly periods.

Sleep Time also comes with an alarm clock feature to wake you up when you’re in a light sleep cycle.

3. Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pillow is a sleep tracking app, but it is only compatible with Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad. Users can link the apps up to their Apple Watch, or another wearable, to keep track of their heart rate during sleep.

The app monitors your movements and sounds while you sleep, and uses the information to keep a detailed history of how well you’ve slept. It also figures out the best time to wake you.

It will give you a full overview of how you’ve slept, along with mood tracking, sleep notes, audio recordings and heart rate analysis.

Apps for relaxation

Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to help people who struggle with insomnia. The apps below focus on meditation through various techniques like music, nature sounds, and voice commands. All are aimed to help you reach the state of relaxation you need to go to bed.

1. Pzizz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pzizz is available on both iOS and Android. This sleep app places an emphasis on getting to sleep quickly and easily. The app uses a combination of sound effects, music, and spoken word to help lull you to sleep. Users can specify if they’re ready for a long sleep session or a quick power nap. So you can catnap guilt free!

2. Headspace: Meditation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Brian De Los Santos/Mashable

The Headspace: Meditation app helps you to learn meditation based on your individual goals. It’ll send you push notifications reminding you to meditate throughout the day. Each session only takes a few minutes so it can be fitted around a busy schedule.

3. White Noise

The White Noise app allows you to relax to a variety of noises. Not only does this app have white noise, but it also has pink noise, brown noise (low-frequency sound masking) and many more soothing sounds.

Plus, it gives you great flexibility to create your own soundscape, mixing up to five sounds at once. Among the 40 sounds are a vacuum cleaner, a rainstorm, air conditioning, a babbling brook, and many more.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sleep Tracking

 

 Sleep tracking comes in many shapes and forms, but how do you track your sleep? From DIY wearables and smartphone apps, to the old fashioned way of paper and pen, there are many different ways to follow your sleeping routine. Below, we’ll discuss these methods and the importance of tracking your sleep.

Why should you track your sleep?

Sleep is an important factor for your health. It keeps your immune system balanced, regulates your moods, and helps your body to rest and repair. Getting your forty winks is just as important as eating well, exercising, and making healthy lifestyle choices. So it’s important to keep an eye on how you are sleeping and now, with modern technology, this is open to everyone.

Tracking your sleep helps you ensure that you’re getting enough sleep. If you think you have a sleep disorder though, like sleep apnea, insomnia, or something else, sleep tracking is critical to receiving a proper diagnosis.

Paying attention to your sleep is the first step to enjoying a better sleep.

Sleep tracking wearable devices

Sleep tracking wearable devices often take the form of a small, clippable device you attach to your clothing, or a separate wristband or smartwatch. These devices track other important health facts in addition to sleep, such as your daily step total and heart rate. They provide a more holistic view of your overall health and wellness.

Fitbit

Not only for keeping an eye on your physical fitness, the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR wristbands include automatic sleep tracking.

Automatic sleep tracking will record your sleep and then review your sleep duration in the Fitbit app. You will receive handy sleep insights and can also view the stages of sleep you are reaching each night.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch does not provide sleep tracking on its own, but many sleep tracking apps integrate with it, such as Pillow and Sleep Tracker.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch has a built-in sleep tracker that logs your sleep. You can activate the option to record REM sleep in its settings. After an update in October 2018, this is set to default. To save on battery life, it is no longer required to set it to monitor your heart rate to track your sleep.

Sleep Tracking Apps

 

Sleep tracking apps are available on your smartphone or tablet. Their convenience makes them incredibly popular, as does their price and ease of use. These apps use your phone’s accelerometer to monitor your breathing and body movements while you sleep. Many also claim to be able to determine what stage of sleep you are in, so they can time your alarm to go off when you are most likely to be in a light stage of sleep (making you less drowsy).

However, sleep tracking apps rely solely on your phone’s accelerometer, and since you make similar movements during deep and light sleep, there’s no way the phone can tell what stage of sleep you’re in. Also, it’s important to note that, if you share the bed with a partner or pet, their movements can interfere with your data

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However, these devices are a useful first step in determining whether you need to see a doctor about a potential sleep problem. Find out more about sleep tracking apps in our article here.

The old fashioned way

If you prefer to keep things tech-free, you can try a sleep diary.

For each day, note the following:

  • When you went to bed
  • When you woke up
  • Total time spent asleep
  • Any naps
  • Other information, such as exercise, diet, energy level, feelings of fatigue, or naps taken

There are many ways to monitor and track your sleep. However, if you think you may have an issue with sleep, get in touch with your doctor as they can best advise the right route for you.

 

 

 

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Tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

Tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

 There’s no doubt about it, Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting times of the year for your little ones, but just how can you get your child to sleep on Christmas Eve?

There’s a little part in all of us that gets excited on Christmas Eve, but it’s important to remember that Santa Claus only visits children who are fast asleep. Getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve is important, as you don’t want to be exhausted on Christmas Day. But how do you overcome the anticipation and settle your children into a blissful sleep on the most exciting evening of the year?

Get active

It may be tempting to curl up in front of the TV, but going outside and getting active will help tire your kids out in time for bed. A simple bike ride, a trip to the playground, or even just a walk in the park will all help to expel their energy and excitement.

Stick to the routine

As tempting as it may be to let them stay up a little later, sticking to the normal bedtime routine will help. Following the normal schedule will ensure they know when bedtime is coming and will keep any arguments at bay.

Track Santa Claus

Technology is a wonderful thing, and these days your children don’t have to look out at the night sky and wonder where St. Nick is; they can now track him. There are a few tracking sites available – Google Maps offers one here. It also allows you to see the Santa village in the month of December. The North American Aerospace Defence Command has it’s own Santa tracking page, which launches on 1st December here.

You can use these websites to help track Santa Claus with your children. This is a great incentive for bedtime, because, of course, Santa can’t visit until you are fast asleep!

Read them a bedtime story

Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’ makes for perfect bedtime reading. Inspire their imagination with this festive tale. This could also become a Christmas Eve bedtime tradition. When your children know their bedtime routine, they are less likely to try and push the boundaries.

Plus, this is the perfect story to help your children fall asleep on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

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